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🗞️ Preview: Bolton Wanderers vs. Bradford City

27 October 2020

Wanderers are back in home action, ten days after the last fixture at the University of Bolton Stadium against Oldham Athletic. The opponents this evening Bradford City are making their second trip to BL6 in just under two months following the Carabao Cup tie between the two sides on the opening day of the 2020/21 campaign.

Pre-Match Quotes: 

Ian Evatt: "It’ll be a tough game. Bradford are a big club and they’ve got some good players. They’ve already beaten us here in the cup which we were disappointed with, so we owe them one.

"We want to turn that form around on Tuesday and as I’ve said, if we can play consistently like we did at times on Saturday, and at times against Barrow without the bad start, then hopefully we can win the game."

 

Stuart McCall: “It’s not been a rotten start to the season but obviously it’s not been great.

“We’ve beaten a couple of sides that have been struggling and lost to two really good ones on the day.

“But I’m not going to overreact every time there’s a poor result. We’ve got 46 games and had seven.

"There's a lot of improvement but we will do. It's going to be a process but we will be judged at the end of the season, not after seven games.

"I'm confident that when we get to the back end of the season, we'll be in a position that we are comfortable with."

 

How to watch:

Wanderers supporters can watch the clash with Bradford City by purchasing an iFollow BWFC video match pass for just £10, meaning you don’t have to miss a kick of the action.

An iFollow BWFC video match pass will ensure supporters do not miss a minute of the action, with the entire match streamed through any compatible laptop, computer, tablet or mobile device in the United Kingdom.

 

Team News:

Eoin Doyle is likely to miss out on Tuesday evening’s fixture with a hamstring strain which forced him off after 50 minutes against Cambridge United at the weekend.

The quartet of Gethin Jones, Tom White, Lloyd Isgrove and Shaun Miller are all nearing a return to action and could come into contention for a return to the matchday squad.

In the Bradford camp, Bryce Hosannah missed out on the weekend’s defeat to Newport County with injury, but could come back into content for Stuart McCall’s side – so too could Reece Staunton.

Gareth Evans is ‘touch and go’ to feature against Wanderers, whilst Levi Sutton is unlikely to be available.

 

Bookies Odds:

Bolton win: 7/4

Draw: 5/2

Bradford win: 13/10

Correct as of 27/10/2020 (11.45am) on skybet.com

 

Form:

Wanderers are still in search of their first home victory of the campaign and lost to Oldham Athletic ten days ago at the University of Bolton Stadium.

Since then Ian Evatt’s side have picked up two draws in two away fixtures, going to Barrow and Cambridge United to take a share of the spoils, with in-form captain Antoni Sarcevic influential in those fixtures.

Bradford have struggled to find consistency in recent weeks. Losing at home against Harrogate Town in a televised clash at the Utilita Energy Stadium a week ago yesterday, since then they have emphatically beaten Mansfield Town away from home, but have also been emphatically beaten by Newport County at the weekend.

 

Last time out:

The last time the two teams met was on the opening day of the campaign at the University of Bolton Stadium in the Carabao Cup.

The Bantams secured a passed through to the next stage of the competition with victory thanks to goals from Lee Novak and Harry Pritchard, either side of Antoni Sarcevic’s well-taken equaliser.

 

Match Officials: 

Referee: Ben Toner

Assistant Referees: Lisa Rashid and Ian Smedley

Fourth Official: Marc Edwards


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